Medieval Monday with Ashley York

Today I’m delighted to welcome Ashley York to the blog.  She’s sharing an excerpt from her book Curse of the Healer with us.

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The words stung, thrown at her like a venomous curse. She cared for Lorccán as if he were her own and would never do anything to hurt him. Squaring her shoulders, she refused to show her inner turmoil.

“The lad learned his lesson.” She spat the words right back at him.

“Ye said yerself he’d be doing it again.” Despite the even keel of his voice, his increasing anger was unmistakable. “Or am I so old and feeble that my hearing is failing me?”

 

After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next high king of Éire…and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her. 

Fated to be a healer…

Aednat has spent her entire life training to be the great healer, knowing she must remain alone. When she meets Diarmuid, the intense attraction she feels toward him shakes her resolve to believe in such a legend. If she gives in to the passion he ignites in her, can she settle for being less?

Destined to be his…

Diarmuid of Clonascra is renowned for his bravery in battle. Only one thing daunts him: the prospect of taking a wife. The safest course would be to keep his distance from Aednat, the bold, headstrong healer who’s far too tempting for his peace of mind. But his overking orders him to protect her from a group of craven warriors intent on kidnapping her to steal her power.

What starts as duty for Diarmuid quickly transforms into something more. Aednat’s power might be at risk, but so is his closed-off heart.

If that has grabbed your attention you can get hold of a copy here.

Follow the excerpt next Monday on Cathy MacRae’s blog and once you’ve finished here, head over to Ashley’s blog to see what Roger and Lucy are getting up up this week.

 

 

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Medieval Monday with Lane McFarland

Monday comes around so quickly.  Here’s something to brighten the day- an excerpt from Lane McFarland’s Elsbeth.

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With the purpose of his visit once again foremost in his mind, he stepped forward.

“I know it’s late,” he shouted into the pounding wind. “Ye and the other sisters are in danger. We were on our way to escort ye to safety when the storm began.”

“Escort us to safety?” Clutching the gown, she straightened; her brow scrunched in a frown. She stepped back into the foyer and motioned them forward. “Come in.”

BLURB:

Elsbeth MacDougall recoils at the violent Scottish rebellion and the bleak plight of orphans. Vowing to protect the homeless, she embarks on a journey to Scone and sets her course to become a nun, sheltering children from the cruelties of war. But when Brandon McLeod arrives at the Abbey, he shakes her convictions and stirs provoking emotions she buried long ago.

After English soldiers murder his family, Brandon McLeod determines a course of revenge and leads numerous clans in Scotland’s fight for freedom. Bent on the annihilation of English oppression, he is resolved to a life of solitude, vowing never to marry and chance the pain of losing loved ones again. However, that was before he met the enchanting Elsbeth.

You can get hold of a copy here  Amazon and join Lane next week to find out what happens at Nicole Locke’s blog! 

Meanwhile Roger and Lucy’s encounter continues today over at https://www.lanemcfarland.com

First Kiss Friday with Elisabeth Hobbes

What happened when Roger kissed Lucy for the first time? Find out on Sherry Ewing’s blog.

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Please welcome my guest Elisabeth Hobbes to another First Kiss Friday. Today Elisabeth is sharing the first kiss scene from her novel Redeeming the Rogue Knight. We hope you enjoy this excerpt. Happy reading!

Excerpt:

Lucy Carew is about to go to bed when her night is disrupted by the arrival of two men demanding refuge: the brother she hasn’t seen for years and a mysterious stranger who has been injured.

She barred the way, finally revealing her poker and brandishing it like a sword.

‘Come, little dove,’ the injured man slurred, grinning crookedly. ‘Be sensible and we all might live.’

Lurching forward unexpectedly, he raised his left arm and knocked the poker out of her hand. He staggered, as if this had taken the last of his strength, and fell forward towards her. Instinctively Lucy reached her arms out to catch him, her hands sliding beneath his armpits…

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First Encounter with Bambi Lynn

Welcome back to another First Encounter.  Today I’m pleased to share an excerpt from Bambi Lynn’s story Bron.

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Long before he was old enough to know the pleasures of women, a training accident had split his cheek open from the corner of his mouth all the way into his hair, which he kept shorn close to his scalp to show off the markings etched there. His face had been marred with the jagged scar so off-putting, his first maid had kept her eyes firmly closed while he did his business, then hurried away afterwards without looking back. Numerous battles had left him with more scars until his visage was enough to frighten children as if he were a troll.
Follow along next week at Nicole Locke’s blog. Be sure to comment for a chance to win an e-copy of Bron.

Blurb

After escaping the brutal tyrant who holds her under his boot, Leda’s newfound hope is shattered to discover her safe-haven to be nothing more than a den of brutal Norsemen, intent on conquering all of Francia and claiming its riches for their own. When she is offered as a bed slave to the fiercest Viking of them all, she despairs to realize freedom comes at a price.

Brondulf Adilson has struck terror into his enemies for as long as he can remember, to include the women who share his bed. Shunned for his frightful appearance, he doesn’t expect compliance from his new thrall and is resigned to forcing her to his will.

But the beauty he finds himself saddled with turns out to be anything but meek and compliant.

You can get hold of Bron here

 

Don’t forget to check out Bambi’s blog today to read the next except from Roger and Lucy’s encounter and come back here next week for an excerpt by Lane McFarland

first Encounter featuring Ruth A. Casie

Welcome to another Medieval Monday.  This week I have Ruth A. Casie with me to share her first encounter from The Guardian’s Witch.

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“She’s no different than her mother, rest her soul. She too was a gifted healer. That doesn’t make either of them witches. Didn’t Lady Darla help you when you broke your arm so badly everyone thought it had to be cut off?”

Alex could feel the anger rolling off Bryce but he couldn’t dwell on it. He knew more than saw his close friend flex the fist of his sword arm. A sudden pinch of pain and he stiffened himself for another surge of agony.

Ann hovered over him. “His fever worsens. He’ll not last the night.”

 

England, 1290

Lord Alex Stelton can’t resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it’s his. Desperate for land of his own, he’ll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.          

Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she’d never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.

Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can’t get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they’ll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/ZgvmDw BN: http://bit.ly/ZQkCuY iBook: http://bit.ly/TGWiBook KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-guardian-s-witch

Next week Ruth will be on Nicole Locke’s blog with another instalment.

You can find this week’s instalment of Roger and Lucy’s encounter this week on Ruth’s blog

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Here is my interview with Elisabeth Hobbes

I was thrilled when Fiona McVie asked me to do an interview on her blog. She’s interviewed over 4000 writers!

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Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Elisabeth Hobbes and I’m 42 (my Douglas Adams year).

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born and brought up in York but after a couple of years living in Greece I now I live in Cheshire on the edge of the Peak District.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I’ve always loved history so I did A Levels in Classics, Early Modern History and English Language then a degree in History and Art History.  I followed that up by training as a teacher, which since having children I do part time.  I have two children aged 11 and 10 and I’m married to the person I met at sixth form…

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Medieval Monday with Cathy MacRae

I’m excited to share an excerpt from Cathy and DD MacRae’s August release The Highlander’s Viking Bride.  Isn’t this cover fabulous!

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Everyone in the keep knew guests had arrived—rumored to be the hated MacGerrys. Her father would likely use the opportunity to dangle her as bait again for some sort of alliance, her hand in marriage as part of the bargain. She grimaced. The MacGerry laird was as old as her sire—as were all the men her da had presented as prospective husbands.

“I willnae marry a man thrice my age. Why does he keep bringing such old relics about, Freki? Has the man not made the acquaintance of anyone younger than two score?”

Her companion did not answer.

Blurb:

Calder MacGerry, laird of an impoverished clan, has resolved to end the bitter feud between the MacGerrys and Sinclairs. He jumps at Laird Sinclair’s offer of marriage to his only daughter, Katja, to seal the agreement between their clans—only to get more than he bargained for.

Katja’s chance to escape her father’s harsh treatment appears to be too good to be true. But becoming Lady of a clan that despises her because she’s a Sinclair, doesn’t make her life any easier. When the attacks turn deadly, she fights her way out, making a dangerous passage to the Shetland Isles for refuge with her Viking family.

Calder and Katja’s marriage, built on mistrust, rushes quickly into disaster. As Calder seeks to repair the damage, Katja discovers not another enemy, but a husband who pledges a new beginning.

The next excerpt of Cathy’s story will be on Ruth A. Casie’s blog http://ruthacasie.blogspot.co.uk but if you can’t wait to find out what happens you can get hold of a copy here:

Amazon: https://www.amzn.com/dp/B0728HWJRY

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940157486617

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-highlander-s-viking-bride

 

You can find the next instalment of Redeeming the Rogue Knight on Cathy’s blog here

 

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